The lily is rich in aromatic antimicrobial oils making the lily an excellent antiseptic.
In Shakespeare's King John 1:2 we find an interesting expression. "Offering three different desserts after that elaborate meal would be gilding the lily." This expression means wasteful excess.
Members of the lily family include tulips, hyacinths and tiger lilies. The flowers of this group are one of these: bell-shapped and nodding, cup-shaped and upright, or triangular.